Raymond Wang—a 17-year-old high school student from Vancouver, British Columbia who just won $75,000 in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)—was concerned about the spread of airborne diseases like the flu and SARS on airplanes. He came up with a new kind of air inlet system for planes that can reduce disease transmission by up to 55 times and improve fresh airflow by 190%. An entire plane could be outfitted overnight with the system, which is installed along the cabin sidewalls, for the price of a single passenger's airline ticket.
This is what a sneeze on an airplane looks like:
I could have used Wang's system on my last return flight from Europe. The guy behind me (a phsician BTW) coughed and sneezed all the way across the Atlantic. Two days later I came down with something beastly that lingered for two weeks.
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